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International Students

As an intentionally Christian community, connecting students from a variety of backgrounds is at the heart of Lipscomb Academy's mission.

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What is the Lipscomb Academy Global Student Program?

Through our Global Student Program, families from across the world have the opportunity to send their children to our campus in Nashville, Tennessee and take part in our rigorous academic programs.


Watch our global students video created by an international student

What's life like for a Global Student at Lipscomb Academy?

Global Students are encouraged and supported to take full advantage of both academic and extracurricular opportunities. From taking part in clubs and athletic teams to meeting together weekly for chapel in a typical academic year, our team will work diligently to ensure that students take full advantage of both our campus and the Nashville community. The countries and cultures of our Global Students are celebrated throughout the year with special events.

Lipscomb Academy has various elective programs that allow international students to dive into the school life here easier. Study abroad is very challenging, but at Lipscomb, the supportive friends made my life a little easier. — -Arthas C., Class of 2019, Beijing, China
International students celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival

Global students celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival

Host Families

Our homestay program offers Global Students a true family experience during their time at Lipscomb Academy.  Our approved Lipscomb Academy host families are recruited from our school community, screened, trained, and receive ongoing support. Host families are valuable partners as we seek to serve Global Students.

I have been at Lipscomb for 4 years throughout high school. Gradually, I feel like Lipscomb is not merely a school that I go to. It's a family where we love and help each other. — Thach D.; Class of 2019, Gò Công, Vietnam
Global student enjoying time with host family

Class of 2018 Graduate Duong D. from Da Nang, Vietnam, with his host family

Earn University Credit and Gain Unique University Experiences

Not only do we offer nearly 20 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, but our unique relationship with Lipscomb University allows students to enroll in more than 45 dual-credit courses while still in high school. Additionally, sharing a university campus allows students unparalleled opportunities while still in high school. Lipscomb Academy students have access to state-of-the art university facilities and events, as well as the ability to hear from university professors and nationally recognized speakers.

Aerial view of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN

Aerial view of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee

University Preparation

Through intensive academic and college advising, our team works closely with our Global Students to help students create and work towards long-term academic goals. 100% of our students go on to higher education institutions. Lipscomb Academy students have been accepted into many prestigious universities, including Cornell University, Georgetown University, Georgia Tech, Johns Hopkins University, The Juilliard School, New York University, Pepperdine University, Rice University, University of California Irvine, University of California San Diego, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Southern California, University of Tennessee, Vanderbilt University, and Yale University.

Several Global Students in purple graduation robes together.

Academic Support

Students needing academic support can receive on-campus tutoring in every subject area by highly qualified tutors through our EQUIP program.  Most tutors are certified to teach or have a master’s degree in their subject area. English language support is also available to Global Students.  

What are the admissions requirements?

1) Application for School - Apply online (HERE) by creating an account and selecting the “Global Student Application.”

2) Duolingo English Test - Lipscomb Academy requires a Duolingo English Test score in the  Intermediate to Advanced range.

3) Admissions Interview - After receiving the application and Duolingo results, we will schedule a video interview with the student.

Student Visa Process

Lipscomb Academy Global Students are defined as students studying on F-1 student visas. Once a Global Student is accepted, Lipscomb Academy will issue the student a Form I-20, which will allow the student to apply for a F-1 student visa.  Learn more at and read the steps to obtain a F-1 student visa.

What is the cost?

Global Students pay a comprehensive international price, which includes all tuition, fees, and all homestay costs. This all-inclusive package also covers comprehensive medical insurance, textbooks, daily lunch, monthly activities, and access to all school events*.  

The 2021-2022 comprehensive international price for Global Students in our homestay program is $40,610. Contact Elizabeth Williams for information on scholarships and financial aid.

Chinese student enrolled in LA Experience basketball camp

Short-Term Experiences and Global Partnerships

Students interested in learning more about Lipscomb Academy have the opportunity to shadow in classes, tour our campus, and meet with teachers and students.  

LA Experience day camps are a great way to get to know our school and interact with American students. It is also a great introduction to American family life, as students have the opportunity to live with a host family for a week or two. We offer camps that cater to a variety of interests including academics, arts, and athletics. For more information, visit the LA Experience website.

Lipscomb Academy has partnerships around the world, including a wonderful friendship with the Haiwang School in Shenzhen, China. This year we are also pleased to work with Faces and Our Cultures in Guatemala. 

How can I start? 

To request information and get started, please contact Global Student Director/ PDSO Elizabeth Williams at or 615.966.1953.

“Lipscomb Academy is not only an enjoyable environment and a comprehensive community but also a family filled with love and respect. Going through the difficult transition from one culture to another, the teachers and students at the academy welcomed me with warm hugs and offered me so much help. Despite my family far from home, they embrace me into the school and make me feel like I have an even bigger family here at Lipscomb.” — Yan L., Class of 2020, Guangzhou, China
Global Students take part in the National Honor Society induction

Nishat T., Class of 2019, from Sylhet, Bangladesh